On March 3, Live Action published an article about Kathy Sparks, a former abortion clinic worker who became pro-life. In this article, I will discuss what led to her quitting her job at the abortion clinic.
In her work at the abortion clinic, Kathy Sparks handled the bodies of aborted babies daily:
The ones [aborted babies] that were small enough, which would be 12-13 weeks or less, we would put in a jar, label them, and put them in a big box to go off to the pathology lab… When the babies would be put in the jars, we would hold them up and kind of twirl them around and look at the little arm and little leg float up, and we’d put them back in the box.
Once upon a time, in a strange and distant era historians call “the Bush years,” questioning someone’s patriotism was deemed the cardinal sin of American politics. With a Republican president waging a highly controversial war, liberals constantly wrapped themselves in the flag with quotes like “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” Hillary Clinton famously declared:
I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.
But now that the balance of power has shifted the White House into the hands of abortion supporters, the left has conveniently forgotten all that and discovered their inner star-spangled demagogues. Last week, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue declared that defending the unborn makes us bad Americans. read more…
The fact that the pro-abortion movement is fueled by a perpetual sense of victim-hood isn’t good for our society, but it does have its entertaining moments: every so often, its members get so desperate for new enemies that they turn on their own allies.
Yes, Hollywood is apparently now part of the Patriarchal Anti-Choice Conspiracy. read more…
Inspiring Change. This is the theme set by the United Nations for this year’s International Women’s Day. All Girl Allowed and the organization’s founder, Chai Ling, are calling for a change that will benefit the women of China – the end of the One Child Policy.
The One Child Policy has been detrimental to the citizens of China, particularly the country’s women. This policy has lead to forced sterilization, forced abortions, the selective abortions of unborn girls, and the payment of enormous fines that the average citizen cannot afford. According to All Girls Allowed:
The government’s outlawing of multiple children, combined with a cultural preference for boys, has resulted in the systematic elimination of girls by means of sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, child abandonment, and other forms of gendercide. One out of every six baby girls is lost to abortion, which in turn leads to China’s massive gender imbalance of 40 million extra men. Additionally, many mothers are forced to undergo abortions, sterilizations, and mandatory birth control—processes that are not only dangerous but also dehumanizing.
In January, the mainstream media was a bit shocked to hear that Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican Party, postponed the start of the Committee’s winter meeting so that members could first attend the March for Life that morning. At the time, he said:
We’ll be there to send a message: We are a pro-life party. Life is a gift, and it must be protected. That means advocating for our beliefs, embracing the right to life, and celebrating the blessing of adoption.
Reflecting on the event afterwards, Priebus shares that he was surprised by the response of pro-lifers to his gesture of postponing the start of the meeting. He said:
The total appreciation that we got from life groups across the country was a little overwhelming. But it was the appreciation that sort of woke me up to say, Why are these folks so appreciative of something that I thought was a pretty easy decision to make?
So I thought to myself, if these folks are this appreciative of something so simple, maybe we need to start providing people of the core positions of our party more, so we can grow in places we are strong. To me it was sort of a wake-up call.
Last month, we brought you the story of Jessica Tatiana Long, who was adopted from an orphanage in Russia by an American family when she was one year old. Her birth mother was only sixteen when Jessica was born, and this is what Jessica had to say about her:
I think that [placing me for adoption] was really brave. And I don’t know what I would have done if I was in her situation at sixteen, you know, having this disabled baby that they couldn’t — that they knew that they couldn’t take care of. And I want , I want to tell her that when I see her, you know, if anything, that I have so much love for her, my mom, because she gave me life.
Jessica was born without legs, and her American family was better equipped to provide her with the medical care she would need growing up. Her American family also raised Jessica with a love for sports, especially swimming, which is now her career.
Let’s keep going with “lies” four through seven.
4. Once a woman sees an image of the fetus from an ultrasound, she won’t want to have an abortion.
Rankin claims: “viewing an ultrasound doesn’t stop women from having an abortion. Not even close.”
Of course, the study cited is one in which a majority of women who viewed ultrasound images of their babies still decided to go through with their abortion. What’s not mentioned in the cited article is what the women were told while they viewed their ultrasounds. Were the images of their unborn children explained?
Were the heart, lungs, and face of the baby pointed out? Were the women allowed to listen to the heartbeat as well? The study was conducted at a Planned Parenthood clinic. We already know what kind of misinformation Planned Parenthood gives women. In fact, “Leading embryologists have denounced Planned Parenthood’s conduct caught on tape as ‘erroneous and scientifically absurd.’”
The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the “Women’s Health Protection Act,” or HB2284, has passed through the Arizona state House by a 34-22 vote on Tuesday. This came after an hour of debate on whether legislation is needed to make unannounced inspections at abortion clinics.
The Center of Arizona Policy states that abortion clinics are the only health care institutions in Arizona that the Department of Health Services (DHS) can’t immediately inspect when a violation is believed to have occurred. In order to have an inspection, a warrant must be obtained by government authorities. In addition, after a clinic’s initial inspection when licensed and follow-up inspection a year later, no further inspections are mandated for the next two years.
As I’ve said before, the women in my life have been a pretty heterogeneous bunch. But in spite of their differences, I suspect that they would all agree on one piece of advice. Simply put, if you’re looking for a man who can effortlessly deliver suave romantic gestures, then there is something that you definitely need to do if you meet me: keep on looking.
It’s not that I don’t care about such things, of course, but I never seem to pick up on when the moment is “special” or how I’m supposed react to it. So it’s incredibly ironic that I, a romance-challenged individual, would end up discovering the most romantic place on earth. Not the Eiffel Tower or the canals of Venice; those destinations pale dimly in comparison to the one that I found. No, if you truly wish to sense passion in the air while soft light caresses your skin, then there is only one place to go, and that’s the Holiday Inn Express located 2.1 miles from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
It’s almost unbelievable: LeRoy Carhart has botched another abortion, sending one more maternal victim to the emergency room with what Operation Rescue reports as “apparently life-threatening complications.” The incident occurred on Tuesday, when an ambulance took Carhart’s victim to the hospital in the late afternoon. Unsurprisingly, Operation Rescue reports that Carhart was not seen with his patient during the event.
In case you missed it: LeRoy Carhart is responsible for numerous botched abortions, as documented by Operation Rescue. He is one of the infamous late-term abortionists whose gruesome profession is chronicled in the pro-abortion film After Tiller. And Live Action caught him calling the dead babies he aborts late-term in utero “meat in a Crock Pot.” Despite his unbelievable track record and even the fact that at least two of his patients, Jennifer Morbelli (age 29) and Christin Gilbert (age 19), have died after he was MIA following botched abortions, the Maryland Board of Physicians consistently fails to discipline or even censure his practice.
I took the bait.
I couldn’t help but open an email with the subject line: “You’re afraid of this pro-choice argument”
Afraid? I’m afraid of a lot of things. Actually, five things: spiders, asteroids, ghosts, head lice, and malaria. But arguments? Especially pro-abortion arguments? Definitely not on the list.
I might be frustrated by them; annoyed, angered, even disturbed, but afraid? I don’t think so.
Here’s Rachel, trying to strike fear into my heart:
Dear Matt, ever since I first read your blog I knew you were a cowardly fake. It wasn’t until I started reading some of your anti-choice articles that my suspicions were truly confirmed. You spend a lot of time picking the low hanging fruit. You attack the weakest abortion rights arguments while ignoring the glaring weaknesses in your own position.
A new CNN poll on abortion was released today, demonstrating that Americans widely support abortion restrictions.
CNN’s claim that there there is a “wide divide over abortion” doesn’t exactly hold true. In fact, strong limitations on abortion won the survey with an eighteen-point gap. Such a margin does not indicate a widely divided public.
Rather, these numbers illustrate that Americans are consistently realizing the holes – and lies – in the “choice” mentality that advocates for abortion on demand, at any stage of life and for any reason. Americans continue to agree that killing our innocent, helpless children is not the answer to our problems. (See why here.) Blatant disregard for the human rights of others only advances cruelty, inhumanity, and inequality – not exactly American values.
LifeNews covered the story of how an Alabama legislator Representative Alan Holmes, claimed that 99% of white people would have an abortion (or, particularly, tell their partners to have an abortion) if the father of the baby was African-American. He was accusing Republicans who opposed abortion of being racist, claiming:
If you asked the people in here now to raise their hands, of those who are against abortion, 99 per cent of all of the white people in here gonna raise their hand that they are against abortion,’ Rep Holmes said during the debate.
On the other hand, 99 per cent of the whites that are sitting in here now, if they daughter got pregnant by a black man, they gonna make their daughter have an abortion. They ain’t gonna let her have the baby.
These outrageous comments are ironic, considering that some of the key players in the drive to legalize abortion, as well as one of Roe‘s top defenders, were white people who made racist statements.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for example, a strong proponent of Roe v. Wade, made a disturbing statement in the New York Times Magazine. She was commenting on a 1980 court case that dealt with whether or not Medicaid would pay for abortions for poor women. She said (1):
Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth, and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.
On Friday, a judge in the Western District of Wisconsin ruled against a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit brought to stop a new ordinance that provides for restrictions of free speech within a 160-foot zone radius of health care facility. The ordinance does not allow anyone to come within 8 feet of someone within the 160-foot radius to “1. Pass a leaflet or handbill to the person. 2. Display a sign to the person. 3. Engage in oral protest, education or counseling with the person.”
According to the decision issued by Judge Conley:
The court concludes that plaintiffs are not entitled to a temporary restraining order with respect to the Ordinance, because they have not yet shown any likelihood of success on the merits of their case.
While the plaintiffs will not be granted a temporary restraining order, they still might be granted a preliminary injunction. The judge explained that he “finds certain aspects of the ordinance troubling” but will allow the City of Madison time to respond, and then the plaintiffs time to reply before he rules on the preliminary injunction.
According to Attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom:
The right to leaflet on a public sidewalk is a crown jewel of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech, but the city stole that jewel with its anti-speech ordinance. That ordinance is highly unconstitutional, so we have asked the court to put a stop to it.
The pro-life movement has, for decades, worked to stop the willful taking of innocent human life: saving the unborn, helping their mothers who are desperately depressed after killing their children, and doing whatever it takes to stop abortionists from taking more than one life in every abortion.
In recent years, this fight has expanded to help individuals threatened by euthanasia and assisted suicide. Or forced versions of these. Abortion kills someone who didn’t ask for death, so shouldn’t euthanasia be less of an ethical dilemma than abortion? Well, hopefully not.
The legalization and acceptance of assisted suicide and euthanasia are an inherent threat to the lives of suicidal and self-harming people. Because, once accepted, these decisions are seen as a choice every individual has the right to make. We who support the inherent dignity of human life have a duty to support suicidal people in need of comfort and care, and to offer them meaning in their lives. But this “choice” mentality eats away at caring in our health services.
I was suicidal for years. read more…
Pro-life and pro-abortion students clashed this week at the University of Georgia. Pro-life students erected a display, hosted by Justice for All, that included graphic images of aborted babies. Unsurprisingly, pro-abortion students were having none of that.
While pro-life students showed their peers the reality of abortion with graphic images, pro-choice students built a makeshift wall to block the images from view and held signs with statements like “Pussy Power” and “My Body, My Choice.”
In interviews with The College Fix, pro-abortion students called the graphic images – which showed bloody fetuses after late-term abortions – “hateful speech.” They said students shouldn’t be forced to look at them, and that most of the pictures showed “stillborns” and not abortions.
Last night, pro-lifers across the state were happy to hear that Greg Abbott won the Republican primary for governor of Texas. Abbott, who is the present attorney general of Texas, will be running his gubernatorial race against Democratic Senator Wendy Davis.
Davis, who rose to fame during her infamous filibuster of Texas’s biggest pro-life bill in 2013, is diametrically opposed to Abbott’s pro-life views. She rallies in favor of abortion at all costs, including after later-term babies have been scientifically proven to have the ability to feel pain during excruciating abortion procedures.
SOUTHLAKE, TX – Embrace Grace has released their new curriculum to support young women with unplanned pregnancies. Written by Embrace Grace cofounder Salina Duffy, the new curriculum offers hope to girls that may be desperate for it.
To date, thirty-five churches across the US and Canada have “embraced grace” by providing a support group for their community. Thanks to recent publicity for the program by James Robison, Joni Lamb, and others, churches are starting to think differently and to be not only pro-life but “pro-love” too, partnering with pregnancy centers to love young women through the whole pregnancy and beyond.
Embrace Grace is a non-profit that exhorts the church to show greater love to single and pregnant young women. They believe that not just babies need to be saved, but mommies too. They are outspoken about how brave and courageous these women are for choosing life; whether they parent themselves or bless another family with an adopted child, they should be honored.
Yesterday, the Belgian king signed into law a controversial bill allowing for euthanasia of children. While it seemed unlikely that King Philippe would do anything but sign the bill, there was worldwide controversy surrounding the law, including harsh condemnation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which rightfully said that this law makes children expendable. None of the controversy and outrage from around the world mattered, though. Children can now legally be killed in Belgium, no matter their age.
Belgian newspapers reported that King Philippe signed the bill into law Sunday, putting to rest weeks of speculation on whether he would approve the law amid strong opposition from Catholic organizations throughout Europe.
The legislation, which grants children the right to request euthanasia if they are “in great pain” and there is no available treatment, makes Belgium the first country in the world where the age of the child is not taken into consideration. Similar legislation exists in the Netherlands, though only for children over the age of 12. In both countries, children are required to receive the consent of parents, doctors and psychiatrists.
The fact that the law “requires” the consent of parents, doctors, and psychiatrists is good enough for defenders of the euthanization of children, and of euthanasia in general. To them, if the law says that such things are required before a person is euthanized, then surely, that’s what will happen.
Those people are living in a fantasy.
Abortion providers like Planned Parenthood insist that abortion does not cause depression, substance abuse, or any kind of mental health trauma. On the Planned Parenthood website, it says the following:
Research studies indicate that emotional responses to legally induced abortion are largely positive…. Anti-family planning activists, however, circulate unfounded claims that a majority of the 29 percent of pregnant American women who choose to terminate their pregnancies (Henshaw & Van Vort, 1990) suffer severe and long-lasting emotional trauma as a result. They call this nonexistent phenomenon “post-abortion trauma” or “post-abortion syndrome.” … For most women who have had abortions, the procedure represents a maturing experience, a successful coping with a personal crisis situation .. Up to 98 percent of the women who have abortions have no regrets and would make the same choice again in similar circumstances .
While a handful of studies do show that women do not regret their abortions, these studies are usually based on interviews with women conducted mere weeks or months after their abortions, or even on the actual day of their abortions. Many women are not ready to admit the emotional issues their abortions have caused them so soon, or they may not yet have come to realize exactly how their abortions have affected them.
In fact, a survey done by Doctor David Reardon found that, of women who regretted their abortions, 70% said that there was a time when they would’ve denied the existence of any negative reactions for their abortions.